Calendar: July 2010

30 06 2010

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Blog roundup

29 06 2010

More stories from around the interwebs…

  • Melissa Cameron has asked for personal descriptions of jewellery/maker suppliers and allied trades … contribute to her ambitious project through her site
  • I have a brooch-crush on a lovely piece by David Neale (the goldensmith) … ooh, Craft Vic blog has a story on David’s current exhibition at Metalab in Sydney (be still my beating heart!)
  • Inari Kiuru shares a beautiful poem and the incredible pieces it inspired her to make – beautiful
  • Karla Way shares awesome news that Pieces of Eight will be moving to their new premises in Russell Street at the end of July
  • Katherine Bowman has written a few posts on her sketchbooks … ooh, book envy!
  • Katie Jayne Britchford has made some great enamelled brooches
  • I like the rings Kim Victoria Wearne has made as a reworking of old pieces
  • Natalia Milosz-Piekarska shares some new work
  • I think I recognise the “blah-fuck” moments Kristin d’Agostino mentions, but I congratulate her and take heart that good things can come of such moments!

‘Winter Brooches’ @ Studio 20/17

28 06 2010

I’ve written before about the pieces I made for the recent Studio 20/17 group exhibition ‘Winter Brooches‘. Sadly I didn’t get to Sydney to see it myself – bit too exhausted and laid low with crazy long-set jet-lag.

Other artists in the exhibition are below (with links where I could find them), and the images were provided by Studio 20/17 (taken by Michelle Miller; I’ve lightened and cropped them a little for the blog) and are not to be reproduced without permission:

There are other photos on Studio 20/17 blog.

Fun with numbers

26 06 2010

I have a confession: my name is Karen and I am a mathematician.
Please don’t shun me!

Thankfully I also deeply love art and creativity – a balance that has proven critical for personal sanity.

In my more dorky moments (mostly during work hours), I still laugh out loud at the below cartoon (I have it pinned on the wall near my desk at work):

Dilbert is by Scott Adams, see the official website by clicking on this image; the above is scanned from a paper copy given to me by a friend

‘Part B’ Melbourne jewellers gathering tomorrow

25 06 2010

A lovely fellow Melbourne jeweller, Melissa Cameron (whose exhibition last April was one of the first I wrote about on this blog, here), has been organising a monthly discussion group for jewellers for a few months now.

The intent of the gathering is to connect with other jewellers and to create a space for conversation, critique and general art chat. To paraphrase Melissa, it gives like-minded makers a chance to meet regularly, see an exhibition and debrief over coffee.

The next ‘Part B’ gathering is tomorrow Saturday 26th June 2010 at 2pm at Gallery Funaki, to view Karl Fritsch’s ‘freeling‘ (my review story here). The gathering has become quite popular, which is indicative of the hunger for a forum to encourage this kind of connection with other makers; and everyone is welcome to join us tomorrow.

Unfortunately I’ve had a disastrous record of (non-)attendance – I feel in the grip of some type of curse in that I haven’t been able to make any of them to date despite really wanting to. But I do hope to make it to this one. Maybe see you there?!

[information published with Melissa’s permission – I wouldn’t dream of inviting others to the gathering without asking first, heavens above]

Printing on metal

24 06 2010

Regular readers will know I have fond memories of RMIT … many of my own experiences, and actually quite a lot of the making of others’. Yesterday, as I travelled by tram along High Street in Prahran,  I was reminded of a group of gorgeously coloured brooches made by Craig Spark in 2004 (my first year, his third year).

detail of image scanned from 'Look', the exhibition catalogue from the graduate show 2004; ISBN: 0864593368 RMIT University Press (design: Michael Fletcher)

I hear you ask two questions: (1) why?, and (2) tell me more about Craig’s work.

Craig had displayed a group of brooches in the hallway display cabinets at university (this ‘exhibition’ exercise was part of a third year subject). When I was trying to remember these brooches from memory; before finding the photograph in the graduate book, I initially wrote: “The pieces seemed to me to reference military medals in their shape, with a flat rectangular metal piece under what I think I remember to be a small fabric component (I remember stitching), which was attached to a pin – I wish I had an image of them! The most memorable feature was the highly coloured images printed on the sheet metal – one that particularly stays in my mind was one of man’s face which had been treated to a Warhol-esque colour explosion.

Looking at the image from the Graduate Book 2004 from the RMIT graduate exhibition ‘Look‘ (which you can buy a PDF of on this site or through the Fine Arts department at RMIT) you can see I was pretty close, but memory can play little tricks; in my mind I thought there was hot pink somewhere, but it seems I made that up.

Printing on metal – there is the link between Craig and my High Street journey.

Dinkums used to print on metal until some time around the end of that year (I believe that is where Craig had his done), and I could no longer find a place that did such a service. Yesterday on High Street I noticed a shop with “Print2Metal” on their window. Hoorah I thought, at last!

The shop is called Photo Lab, and is one tram stop past Chapel Street (outbound). The linked Print2Metal site says that the image is printed on specially treated aluminium, and indicates that this service is Melbourne-based but can also be ordered online – fantastic indeed.

It must be said, I haven’t tried this yet, so cannot vouch for the quality etc … so I’d be keen to hear from anyone who has or does use it and wants others to know how it went. Also, I’m not suggesting this is the only place offering such a service, but it’s certainly exciting to me to find, as I really wanted to use this at the end of my second year and failed to find anything suitable – so if there are other places, please let me know so others can know too!

For more information on Craig: Pieces of Eight profile and blog story, The Vine story.

Update (24th June 2010): I’ve been reminded that Anna Davern also uses some kind of printing on metal: ‘sublimate printed steel‘. I don’t know much about this technique though… so went for a bit of an interwebs search, and found this NSW site, and they also have a training course

Upcoming: Yuko Fujita ‘Kodama (return to me)’

22 06 2010

The next exhibition at e.g.etal is Yuko Fujita’s ‘Kodama (return to me)‘. Yuko was in the year above me at RMIT, and I admired the way she makes and the way she saw the place of jewellery in completing personal identity (which she was exploring at the time).

The below information about the exhibition is from e.g.etal. … it brings some very interesting images to my mind:

Melbourne jeweller, Yuko Fujita, has transformed recycled objects of distinctly domestic and ordinary origins into bold pieces of jewellery.  Fujita’s pieces herald a new beginning for these objects, while consciously reflecting on the many lives they may have had since beginning as a tree. Careful not to erase the memory of previous incarnations, Fujita has carved and chiselled each object by hand.
Responding to an inaudible echo of the forest (Kodama), Fujita’s pieces recall imaginary plants, creatures or endangered habitats. This uplifting collection of jewellery resonates with ancient themes and traditional materials while producing work that is powerfully contemporary.

Yuko Fujita is producing an exhibition of work based on wooden items she has found in op shops (bowls, spoons, clogs, etc) to make amazing pieces of jewellery. The title, ‘Kodama’, has two meanings – echo or spirit of a tree. When Yuko talks about the pieces she talks about each piece containing an echo from the tree that once was.

Her exhibition will tie in with the State of Design Festival Look.Stop.Shop program. This year the theme is “Change by Design”.

Dates: July 14 – 31 at e.g.etal, 167 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC
Opening night: Thursday 15 July (readers can subscribe to our mailing list to receive an invite at

Exhibition design: Katherine Bowman

image provided by e.g.etal

The round one is called “Lost World” neckpiece; bowls, spoon handle, bookend, 18ct gold, shell, 925 silver, silk code, paint. It represents a lost environment (habitat) where all life existed harmoniously and dynamically.

The second image is of “Memory Reading” neckpiece; found wooden clog, wooden spoons, 925 silver, paint. It refers to an extinct creature and its rich and various experience memories that we can no longer share.”

The pieces in the image above look like quite a departure from the work Yuko has in e.g.etal (which from memory is mainly blackened silver and beautifully mutely coloured silicon and porcelain), and I’m very interested to see the new group!

Thank you to Katherine Bowman and Steph at e.g.etal!

Update (23rd June 2010): see the update on e.g.etal website here

Update (7th July 2010): see Katherine’s blog also; and this post surprised me, as the necklace shown is so much bigger than I had imagined from the initial images (I am always amazed by the ‘scale’ of pieces in reality versus the idea I have when looking at ‘white background’ images of them!)